Top 5 Favourite Actresses

Today we are looking at our favourite actresses. We have Mine, Simon and Lewis  Lists

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5. Heather Graham

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4. Jennifer Anistonaniston

3. Zooey Deschanelzooey

2. Emily Bluntblunt

1. Jennifer Lawrencejenny s

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5. Natalie Portman

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One of the rare child stars who has magnified her presence on screen into adulthood – from Leon to V for Vendetta, and most recently Black Swan
Movie pick: Leon, The Professional / Black Swan

4. Kajol

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A huge name in Bollywood since the mid-90s, Kajol often stars in playful romantic and comedic roles opposite Shahrukh Khan
Movie picks: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge / Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
3. AnnaSophia Robbanna
A child actor who has remained off the radar somewhat by selecting more obscure roles – Charlies & The Chocolate Factory being one of the more well-known, but not less ‘obscure’ in its design.
Movie picks: Bridge To Terabithia / Soul Surfer

2. Ziyi Zhang

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A natural actoress who has committed herself to working almosts exclusively in Chiense cinema, she has had global success in several wushu movies as well as the second instalment of Rush Hour.
Movie pick: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon / The Long Road Home

1. Michelle Rodriguez

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Action girl M-Rod has played boxer, surfer, Marine, and of course street racer Letty in the Fast franchise.  She takes roles of characters she respects, particularly with regards to female empowerment and strength.
Movie pick: Girlfight / The Fast & The Furious (1)

Mine

5. Danielle Harrisdanielle

When it comes to scream queens she is my favourite of the current group with Halloween, Hatchet 2 and now See No Evil 2 credited to her name. she is also a small actress who takes on the most imposing characters. She is one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood.

4. Christina Ricciricci

I have grown up watching Ricci’s films from the Adam’s Family and Casper right up to her most recent film. Christina hasn’t always made the most popular or successful films but he supporting role in Monster showed she can always be counted on for a good performance. She also tends to end up in a wide range of films which has sometimes stopped her making a real name for herself in a genre.

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3. Anna Kendrickkendrick

Up In the Air, 50/50 and Pitch Perfect made me take notice of her, now I want to see how far her career will go. It would be a good call to think this actress will one day get an Oscar win and with her constant good choices in films we will learn to remember her name.

2. Jennifer Lawrencejenny D

It would be hard to argue that Jennifer could be this generation’s biggest actress, she has the potential to reach the levels of Meryl Streep and become Oscar Royalty. She comes over as one of the most down to earth people in the business and her ability to give solid performance in The Hunger Games for the cinema audience and stunning performances in Silver Linings Playbook show her ranging ability.

1. Amy Adamsadams

Oscar nods to her name, but no wins yet, she always picks great roles, she just seems to get on with the job without using much effort, but always looks the best pick for that part. She showed her singing talents in Enchanted and The Muppets, she also shows her abilities in nearly every film she turns up in.

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Top 5 Favourite Actors

Today we are going to look at our top 5 favourite actors; this will be between me, Simon, Lewis and Emma

simon

5. Rowan Atkinson

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4. David Jason

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3. Denzel Washington

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2. Tom Hanks

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1. Jim Carreyjim

lewis5. Edward Norton

nortonHis very appearance on film propelled him into the spotlight as an accused, stuttering altar boy with a multiple personality disorder.  Following such a gripping performance was his character Derek Vinyard, a reformed white-power skinhead attempting to rectify his misdeeds and influence on younger brother (perhaps Edward Furlong’s last good film).  Since then he has featured in a range of unforgettable roles, including the unnamed protagonist of Fight Club, sentenced Monty in 25th hour, a mentally challenged (or is he?) thief opposite De Niro in The Score, the cunning title character in The Illusionist, identical twins living polar lifestyles in Leaves Of Grass, urban cowboy in Down In The Valley, and the bad dude in the 2003 version of The Italian Job.  Oh, and he was Bruce Banner in the second Incredible Hulk movie.  Ed is perhaps the first actor whose discography I really indulged in.

4. Jeremy Ironsirons

 In my opinion one of Great Britain’s finest – and certainly underrated – actors, Jeremy Irons is best known for his voice; he is the voice of Scar, in Disney’s Lion King.  He brings great depth to the characters he plays, from lovestruck palaeontologist (French Lieutenant’s Woman), terrorist leader (Die Hard With A Vengeance), aristocrat murder suspect (Reversal Of Fortune), Jesuit priest (The Mission), Crusades Marshal (Kingdom Of Heaven), and Musketeer (Man In The Iron Mask).  Of course, he remains one of the best portrayers of a proper nasty villain, owing to his fantastic gritty edged voice and stare (Time Machine, Dungeons & Dragons).

3. Shah Rukh Khanshah

 Little known outside of India and the Bollywood movie industry, King Khan is in fact among the biggest stars on the planet. A very likeable and somewhat diverse actor, he is best known for starring roles in romantic comedies and family dramas.  His first major success was the incredibly successful film ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, featuring alongside Kajol in the first of many performances together.  Of course his films are less approachable to a western audience, owing to the necessitation of subtitles/overdubs, Indian culture, musical style, and often 3+ hour running times, so an ideal starting point would be ‘My Name Is Khan’, a contemporary story of love, religion and disability, set in San Francisco.  His performances in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’, ‘Devdas’ and ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ ascertain his ranking among the very best actors.

2. Al Pacinopacino

 When diminutive Italo-American method actor Al Pacino raises his big voice he really steals the scene.  Hailing from a background in theatre and Shakespeare, he really knows how to deliver the lines, and the emotion that carries them.  Throughout his career he has performed with intensity and sincerity, with a splash of deadpan humour and profound one-liners.  And although on screen he carries an overbearing presence, his real life nature is incredibly amicable.  His greatest, and most renowned performance was as Michael Corleone in the Godfather trilogy, but his roles in Scarface, And Justice For All, Glengarry Glen Ross, Merchant Of Venice, Insomnia, and Scent Of A Woman (for which he won an Oscar) are well worth a viewing.

1. Robert De Nirodeniro

A legend method actor who has performed a vast array of film roles beside his reputed stance in major crime movies.  The Godfather II, Goodfellas, Heat, and Once Upon A Time In America are among my personal favourites, but De Niro has also cemented his diversity as a boxer (Ragin Bull), US sergeant in Vietnam (The Deer Hunter), ambitious stand-up comic (The King Of Comedy), vengeful ex-convict (Cape Fear), and of course taxi driver as the iconic Travis Bickle and that monologue:  “you talkin’ to me?”  Nowadays he may be typecast to elderly grandfather roles, but an 8th collaborative Scorsese effort – featuring old friends Al Pacino and Joe Pesci – on the horizon heralds a return to his former glory.

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I did struggle a bit with this. It was hard only choosing five. And they’re in no particular order.
Mark Wahlberg mark
I’m a huge fan. He’s nice to look at, I love his movies and I’m sure I’d enjoy going for a beer with him. He’s gone from strength to strength the last decade and been in some really good movies. Anyone who’s seen The Departed must surely love him a little bit. Films like Pain & Gain and Lone Survivor show how he can change his physique for roles which in turn shows his determination and respect for being an actor. Films like The Fighter and The Departed show his talent. And films like Boogie Nights show the rest 🙂
Brad Pitt brad
I’ve been a fan of Brad Pitt for years and though I don’t love all of his movies, I love the ones I do like, a lot. I like it when he plays a baddie or a scumbag or just someone a bit nuts (12 Monkeys!) I think he’s absolutely brilliant at playing roles like that. He’s such a huge star as well, yet when I see him in a movie I never think of him as ‘Brad Pitt’ I am just immersed in the character he’s playing. My favourite Brad Pitt role is Early Grace from the movie Kalifornia though a close second (and third) would be Mickey from Snatch and Aldo Raine from Inglourious Basterds. Please Brad, no more World War Z shit.
Kenneth Williamskenneth
I’m a huge fan of classic English comedy films the ‘Carry On’ series and though many talented actors starred in the films, Kenneth Williams was the best of the best of the best. I find him absolutely hilarious and have done since I was a child. I would think I say a Kenneth Williams quote at least once every day, no joke. His comic timing was impeccable and the camp acting, the nostrils, the voice – just perfect. He also acted on the stage but pissed off the thespian actors by going into camp mode, much to the delight of the audience!
Adrien Brodyadarein
I think Adrien Brody is one cool dude (he’s so cool!) and that’s the main reason I like him. But of course he’s a talented actor and is able to play many roles from the sensitive guy to the action hero. I think I first saw him in Summer of Sam but luckily he’s made plenty of good movies since then! I just like him, I’d watch anything with him in and he’s certainly been in some strange and interesting films. I also love the fact he’s never had a nose job. Not that he should do, he shouldn’t do, he’s perfect as he is. But most actors would. He’s just so cool!
Michael FassbenderMichael
Everyone loves Fassy! Michael Fassbender is so unbelievably talented it’s hard to know where to begin. He is amazingly diverse and has starred in films of all genres – and done it well. We’ve seen him speak fluent Spanish and German, as well as being great at ALL accents (even the finest actors can struggle with this). His first major movie was 300 which was only eight years ago – it speaks volumes when you think of the roles and movies he has tackled in those eight years. He’s literally taken the movie industry by storm, and quite rightfully so too. Respect.

Mine

5. Paul Dano

Paul is somewhat of an indie darling, with Little Miss Sunshine, Gigantic and Ruby Sparks to his name. He also turned solid supporting performance in Oscar winning There Will Be Blood, popular blockbuster Looper and Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave. Paul is always going to be solid performer who stays under the radar to the more casual fan, but his time to break out maybe closer than people think.  He is destining to win an Oscar in the future.
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4. Dwayne Johnson

I grew up watching Dwayne as The Rock in WWE, I have gone on to see all of his films since he has entered the world of Hollywood from Scorpion King to Snitch and sure we have had some good (Fast & Furious 6) and some bad (Tooth Fairy), but he always makes himself an imposing screen presence. He has been given a chance with a mega disaster film coming out in 2015 and recently been cast in a comic book film.
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3. Cillian Murphy

Cillian is another actor who will turn up in both small and large budget films. Having recently been involved with the Christopher Nolan epics Batman Begins and Inception. He can play both sides of the fence and always performs to top levels. He has lead roles in some of my favourite films Sunshine, 28 Days Later and Red Lights. I believe he will be an actor people will be talking about in the future looking back at his work.

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2. Leonardo DiCaprio

 

Leonardo is the most well-known on my list, he has an unbelievable list of films (Titanic, The Departed, Django Unchained) to his name but somehow that Oscar statue always eludes him. It is only a matter of time before he gets the Oscar but you see his name on a film you know it will be great.

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1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph will always be my favourite actor, he picks roles he enjoys both mega budget (Dark Knight Rises, Inception) or mini budgets (Brick, Uncertainty). It is not only his acting that I respect but his work behind the camera with his HitRECord production company showing he is a genuine good guy in the business.

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Top 5 Guillermo del Toro Directed Films

Guillermo del Toro is one of the best directors around, he has the ability to create such an interesting dark fantasy world. He has made the jump to American cinema with some mega budget films but many of his fans will remember his original work. I am going to look at my favourite films he has directed Against Emma

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5. Cronos (1993)cronos

A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

4. Mimic (1997)5

Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind.

3. Hellboy (2004)3

A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness.

2. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)1

After Carlos, a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War, arrives at an ominous boy’s orphanage he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

1. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)2

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

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5. Mimic (1997)5

This sci-fi horror creature feature looks at how a cockroach killer ingredient starts to mutant them into giant killer cockroaches that hunt man itself.

4. Pacific Rim (2013)4

The mega budget monsters versus giant robots, that has enormous battles with plenty of destruction. This is a wonderfully fun film that should be enjoyed by all.

3. Hellboy (2004)3

This comic book adaptation shows how a small demon child has grown into a secret defender of humanity for the government.  This is another fun film with its sequel just as fun.

2. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)2

I think this would be most people’s number one, this is a classic and with it 3 Oscar wins shows it really is a special film. It is a dark fairy tale that is a must watch.

1. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)1

I think this is one of the best ghost stories I have ever seen, such a beautifully shot film that ticks all the boxes without being an over the top jump scare heavy ghost story.

Top 5 Favourite Studio Ghibli Films

Studio Ghibli have made some of the best animated films in film history today I am going to look at my favourite five films from the company. This will be a versus post against my friend  Emma’s top five favourite.

emmaEmma’s site, Check it out

5. Ponyo (2008)e 5

An animated adventure about a five-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become a human.

4. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)d 2

A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

3. Porco Rosso (1992)d 3

The adventures of “Porco Rosso”, a veteran WW1 pilot in 1930s Italy, who has been cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

2. Spirited Away (2001)d 4

n the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.

1. The Cat Returns (2002)e 1

After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.

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5. Princess Mononoke (1997)d 5

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami’s curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

4. Spirited Away (2001)d 4

In the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.

3. Porco Rosso (1992)d 3

The adventures of “Porco Rosso”, a veteran WW1 pilot in 1930s Italy, who has been cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

2. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)d 2

A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

1. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)d 1

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

Top 5 Paul Walker Roles

Paul Walker was one of Hollywood favourite stars, one of the genuine good guys in the business. He was getting some of the best reviews of his career before his untimely death late last year. Starting today and going through the weekend I am going to be looking at some of his films and remembering the legacy he left in films. Paul has 41 credits to his name and will always be remembered for Fast & Furious character Brian O’Connor, but some of the smaller films he did really gave his best performances. Today I have put my list together against a friend’s Aled list. which one do you think it the best?

Aled’s Top 5

5. Michael Woods – Vehicle 19

 a 5

4. Jared – Into The Blue

 a 2

3. Hank Hansen – Flags of Our Fathers

 a 3

2. Bryan O’Connor – Fast Furious Series

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1. Ben Garvey – The Lazarus Project

a 4

Lesley’s Top 5

5. Jared – Into The Blue (2005)

 a 2

4. Jerry Shepard – Eight Below (2006)8 below

 

3. John Rahway – Takers (2010)4

 

2. Michael Woods – Vehicle 19 (2013)a 5

 

1. Brian O’Connor – Fast & Furious Series1

My List

5. Lance Harbor – Varsity Blues (1999)5

Lance is the start quarterback in the high school football team, but when injury ends his season he has the watch as the second string quarterback has to carry the hopes of the team and the community.

4. John Rahway – Takers (2010)4

John is part of an elite team of thieves who go for one more job which puts all their lives at risks when a reckless cop starts tracking them down.

3. Joey Gazelle –Running Scared (2006)3

Joey is a low ranking thug who is trusted to dispose of a gun used to kill corrupt cops but when the gun ends up outside his hands things start getting out of hand.

2. Nolan Hayes – Hours (2013)2

When Nolan’s wife dies given birth to their child, Nolan faces off against a hurricane which has lead to the hospital being evacuated and him and his child stuck alone while he has to keep a generator going he also has to deal with the need of food and unwanted guests. This is easily the performance of his career, as he is the sole character pushed to his limits going through every type of emotion.

1. Brian O’Conner – Fast and Furious Franchise1

Brian starts off as an undercover cop, but his love for cars makes him part of the family, with their jobs getting bigger as the franchise continued this will always be his most notable role and we hope they gave him a proper send off in the seventh film out April 2015.